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Overly large breasts can not only cause pain and discomfort, they can make you feel very self-conscious in social situations and decrease your self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery at our certified facility is designed to eliminate extra fat and skin from the breasts and create a bustline that is more proportionate to the rest of your body. Plastic surgeon Christine Petti, MD at Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center will work to meet, and even exceed, your goals by focusing on results that look natural and beautiful. Dr. Petti is extremely adept at breast reduction procedures, and is committed to giving you the body image you want – helping you to look and feel better than ever!

Dr. Petti’s Approach to Breast Reduction Surgery

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a very common procedure that can do wonders for your body and your livelihood. A breast reduction can address a number of problems you may be encountering due to overly large breasts, including:

  • Sagging or drooping of the breasts
  • Inability to fit into desired clothing
  • Skin indentations from bra-straps
  • Breasts that are imbalanced or uneven
  • Pain in the back, shoulders, and neck region
  • Embarrassment in social situations

At your initial consultation, Dr. Christine Petti will answer all of your questions regarding breast reduction surgery and discuss your goals with you. She will go over all aspects of the procedure, and she can even provide you with a computerized image of how your breasts will likely appear after breast reduction.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Petti to discuss breast reduction surgery.

What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?

Dr. Christine Petti can perform breast reduction procedures right here at our certified, on-site ambulatory surgery facility. Typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, Dr. Petti will begin the breast reduction procedure by making an incision around the areola (the darkened area surrounding the nipple) down to the point where the breast meets the body, ultimately creating an anchor shape. She will then eliminate excess tissue, fat, and skin. The nipples will be moved to a higher location on the breasts. The entire operation can last up to four hours or less, depending on the extent of the procedure.

What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?

You will likely experience some swelling and bruising after breast reduction surgery, and it is important to keep the breast area free from pressure or harm during recovery. Any pain and discomfort after surgery can be alleviated with medication. Although there will be some residual scarring from surgery, Dr. Petti is highly adept at minimizing its appearance. In some cases, breast reduction surgery can have an effect on a woman’s ability to breastfeed, so it is advisable to discuss this with Dr. Petti if you are, or are considering, breastfeeding in the future.

Does Breast Reduction Surgery Leave Scars?

You can expect scarring around the border of the areola and along the lower pole of the breast after breast reduction surgery; however, these scars become progressively less visible during the healing process and tend to fade over time. Dr. Petti offers several different laser procedures and skin treatments that can help further reduce the prominence or coloration of residual scarring. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Petti is very open about the incisions she will use to reduce your breasts and how your scars will likely look. Reviewing before-and-after photos of Dr. Petti’s patients during your consultation will help you get a feel for the post-surgical scarring you can expect. Each woman’s skin, anatomy, and scar tissue is unique, which means that scars usually vary in visibility and prominence.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?

The full cost of a breast reduction can fluctuate from patient to patient depending upon a variety of factors. Considerations that can affect the price of a breast reduction can include:

  • Medical insurance coverage for the procedure (full or partial)
  • Skill-level and experience of the plastic surgeon
  • The degree of reduction that is required
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Length of the procedure
  • Facility fees
  • Post-surgical medications and garments

During your consultation Dr. Petti will provide you with a comprehensive cost estimate so that you are fully informed about the price of your procedure. Our office staff can also help you find out if your surgery is covered by insurance and discuss financing options that may make breast reduction surgery more affordable for you.

Results of Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Christine Petti can help you re-proportion your breasts by making them smaller and more contoured, allowing you to wear what you like and feel free of the discomfort and self-consciousness of having breasts that are too large for your body frame. We invite you to view breast reduction before-and-after photos featuring Dr. Petti’s patients. These images can provide you with the opportunity to see the results that are are possible with breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Petti. In addition to breast reduction surgery, Dr. Petti also offers a number of other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to help you achieve your goals, including Smartlipo Triplex™.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery

Women considering breast reduction surgery often have a lot of questions about the procedure. To help you learn more about this type of breast surgery, Dr. Petti has provided answers to many questions her patients ask during consultations:

Are my breasts large enough for breast reduction surgery?

A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Petti can help determine whether a customized breast lift or breast reduction procedure is the best approach for achieving your goals. Dr. Petti will explain all of your options, discuss the results you can expect, and address any concerns that you may have.

Will medical insurance cover the cost of my breast reduction surgery?

For women suffering from unrelenting health conditions caused by overly large breasts, medical insurance may provide full or partial coverage for the cost of breast reduction surgery. Documentation of your health concerns, the weight of each breast, and any prior methods you have tried to alleviate your conditions must be provided to receive authorization from most health insurance companies. The requirements for authorization may vary from company to company, but our experienced office staff can help you understand the paperwork and documentation you need to submit, as well as assist you through the process.

Will my breast reduction surgery include liposuction?

Dr. Petti may recommend the use of an innovative laser-assisted liposuction system called Smartlipo™ during your breast reduction procedure to reduce quantities of excess fat and sculpt the appearance of the breasts. Smartlipo™ creates less tissue trauma than traditional liposuction techniques and offers Dr. Petti an effective option for creating optimal breast shape. During your consultation Dr. Petti will evaluate the shape, weight, and composition of your breasts and discuss your goals to determine if laser-assisted liposuction can help provide the results you desire.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery, please contact Dr. Christine Petti today!